Yoga, Nature, Music, Meditation, Mindfulness, Creativity & Dance all-inclusive weekends
Our friendly & welcoming wellness weekends in the Lake District are THE place to look after your body with Yoga, Qigong, Pilates & Dance; relax & de-stress your mind through meditation, creativity & good times; while enjoying delicious, hearty & healthy food with the healing power of nature in a stunning location.
Different weekends have different themes & a special guest teacher joining YinYan founder Robin Ellis, with Angie, Damian, Debs & Irma – there’s something for everyone with yoga, relaxation, mindfulness, music, campfires, wild-swimming, ukulele lessons, mindful drawing & more. Each weekend is a smorgasbord of feeling good, the perfect wellbeing tonic, so pick a weekend (or three) let’s get together & feel good!
***2 SPACES AFTER LATE CANCELLATION***1st-3rd July 2022 – Yoga & Ukuleles Feel Good Weekend (w/ Ukulele Club Liverpool)
Feel marvellous with music – Elaine & the UCL crew are providing beginner & intermediate ukulele classes all weekend, ‘Dancing Donna’ will get your feet moving & blood pumping, while Robin (& Carter) will help you to relax & unwind!
Feel calm & relaxed with gentle Hatha & relaxing Yin Yoga, plus Meditations & Qigong – Sión will be leading mindfulness talks & a campfire Kirtan (there are going to be some amazing AUMS!!) as we all enjoy the healing power of nature while we recharge, rebalance & reconnect. LAST FEW SPACES ON SALE HERE (YURTS SOLD OUT).
Our very own ‘King of Yin’, Paul, will be helping us to make everything better with deep, relaxing stretches for stiff bodies, plus guided meditations for calm minds, a Feldenkrais taster class, Qigong, creativity & musical performances round the campfire. LAST FEW SPACES & FINAL YURT ON SALE HERE.
Feel good, end of summer party in our beautiful private woodland in the Lake District – friendly & accessible Yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin), Dancing Donna, Qigong, guided meditations & ukulele lessons and more to help your mind, body & spirit soar! PLUS a very special guest for our last Saturday night of 2022, we will be joined by drag host Filla Crack (whose nan was Cilla), we’re going to have a lorra laughs 🙂 LAST FEW SPACES ON SALE HERE (YURTS SOLD OUT).
The Lake District glamping/camping venue
A beautiful meadow where birds sing, wild flowers carpet the woodland and we camp beside the river. Our ‘Big Top’ parachute canopy provides open sided weather protection all weekend, the camp kitchen will be serving up feasts from the kitchen tent. There’s a compost toilet, extra portable toilets, a hot shower (or river!), sink with hot water & kitchen cabin with fridges, kettles, toaster & microwave.
Springwood campsite is just outside the village of Grayrigg, under 2 hours drive from Liverpool/Manchester. 15 minute taxi from Oxenholme station (direct trains from London Euston in 3 hours).
Food & drink
Delicious, hearty & healthy vegan food is provided for your lunch & dinner, think warming chilli, tasty curry & wholesome soups – we’ve given up trying to describe how good the food is, it’s just AMAZING! Meat eaters don’t worry, we only have big & satisfying meals, you will not be disappointed! If you have any allergy or special requirements let us know.
Fresh fruit, porridge and toast will be available to help yourself at breakfast, bring anything else you’d like in terms of a bigger breakfast/extra snacks. We provide compostable plates, bowls, cups & cutlery but please bring your own camping utensils where possible (there’s a sink to wash up).
A range of tea & coffee is included because unlimited brews might just be the cornerstone of a civilised society. We don’t sell/provide alcohol but you’re welcome to bring if you like – the emphasis of our weekends is having fun, we’re here to have a good time together not judge anyone.
The communal fire pits are the beating heart of our retreat – it’s where we come together to bond, share stories, make music & memories…please bring your instrument if you have one – anything & everything welcome, and everyone gets their very own kazoo PLUS we’ve got some very special musical performances in store!
A fire will always be burning (all firewood included) so you can have a brew and warm your cockles anytime – in the evenings we’ll light more fires so everyone can feel the warmth, and Carter the hound is always up for a cuddle! There will also be a fire ceremony. We can’t wait to be laughing & singing together under the stars – it’s so good for your soul.
We believe creativity is a powerful way to feel good, and you’ll experience it on our retreats. At every weekend you can try mindful drawing and/or join the YinYanBand (no musical experience necessary) – we create a friendly & fun environment for beginners, then if you decide to have a go the magic starts to happen!
Every weekend includes optional beginner ukulele lessons (and lots more classes on the Ukulele Club Liverpool weekend), plus you can try singing/kazoo-ing & be involved in the fire ceremony. The ukulele is such an accessible & joyful instrument, you’ll be laughing your head off before you know it – and if you play any instrument please bring it!
There’s going to be some bonus musical performances throughout the summer – plus some weekends also include Dance classes with our very own ‘Dancing Donna’ (2-5 July, 1-3 July & 2-4 Sept) and as with all our classes & activities, you can join in with as little or as much as you like!
If you prefer the warmth of a wood burning stove and a proper bed then treat yourself to one of the two yurts available, with each able to accommodate up to 6 people. The yurts come with their own shelter outside to give protection from the sun (and occasionally rain!)
Each yurt is 5m in diameter and has it’s own a wood burner, all firewood included in the price. Both yurts have a double bed, a double day bed and a double sofa bed – only base sheets, pillows, pillow cases & hand towels are provided so bring your own snuggly bedding and towels.
Parking & Campervans
Parking is available and we will direct you on arrival. To minimise our carbon footprint please car-share where possible, or consider public transport – Oxenholme train station is just 15 mins in a taxi. You can’t drive onto the meadow but you only have to carry your things about 100m and trolleys are available.
We can accommodate a limited number of campervans – although please note that due to a narrow gate these must NOT exceed transit sized vans (motorhomes are out, sorry). Please select ‘Campervan’ as an optional extra when making your booking.
Hazards, Dogs & Children
Carter (Robin’s hound & YinYan’s official head of wellbeing) will be there and we are proud to be a dog-friendly yoga retreat! If you would like to bring your dog please let Robin know in advance on [email protected] N.B. dogs MUST be kept on lead at all times, this is not negotiable as it is a requirement of the venue owners who have chickens & livestock roaming freely.
Happy to discuss if you want to bring children especially as we’ve had great success with parent(s) & children (especially teenagers) enjoying our weekends together, contact us email [email protected] / call Robin on 07912 031543 to discuss before booking.
The venue includes a rocky river & working woodland with – there are ditches, slopes, barbed wire & electric fences so please watch your step & sturdy shoes/wellies are recommended if the ground is wet.
Bookings, payments & cancellations
- Weekend Pass Per Person (includes all classes, camping & food):
- 2 night weekend – £260
- Last weekend of Summer special – £280
- 50% deposit required to book your place, remainder due 3 weeks before the event
- Yurt – £290 (2 night weekend) – to be paid in full when booking. One yurt booking can be shared by up to 6 people (up to the person booking who they share with, if anyone – we do not allocate places in a yurt, whoever books a yurt gets to share it with whoever they like!)
- All bookings & payments through WeTravel using the links above.
- VAT included in the prices above & payable for all bookings on/after 1st March 2022 (VAT Registration Number 403 1509 46).
If we cancel the event for any reason (including Government restrictions) you get the option of an alternative/rescheduled retreat at no extra cost or you can choose a full refund. In the unlikely event that we do not have sufficient bookings (10+) to run a retreat then we will advise those that have booked at least 14 days in advance, offering a full refund or an alternative weekend.
If you cancel 14+ days in advance you can choose an alternative retreat at no extra cost (subject to availability), or get a refund less cancellation charge of £30 per Weekend Pass & £95 per Yurt (which we will waive/reduce if we get someone else to take your place).
If you cancel less than 14 days before the retreat your deposit is non-refundable (unless we find someone to take your place, in which case we will refund you minus our costs or transfer you to an alternative weekend).
We successfully ran seven retreats in 2021 and are planning nine in 2022, all classes, activities & treatments will be run in line with government advice & relevant local guidelines at the time (you may see some PPE – regulations subject to change). Please help to keep everyone safe by:
Using the anti-bacterial hand gel supplied (and bring your own) & the hand washing station…especially before & after eating & when filling up your water bottles
Please stay out of the kitchen area unless asked – if you need something just ask
When being served food follow the instructions given
We will clean the compost toilets & drinking water stations daily
Respect others & the relevant guidelines at all times
Tent (unless you’re in a yurt)
Sleeping bag & pillow/cushion, the nights might be chilly and an extra blanket is great for the meditations & keeping cosy around the fire pits (N.B. the yurts only have pillows & sheets)
Yoga mat & block – if you need to borrow/buy a mat let us know
Camping mug, plate, bowl & cutlery (we have disposables if you forget)
Snacks, drinks & anything you want for breakfast (there is a small fridge)
Toiletries including anti-bacterial gel & anything else you need such as wet wipes (we will provide toilet paper, hand sanitiser & antibacterial wipes around the site)
Footwear – wellies/boots/sturdy trainers (it might be muddy), bring a pair of old trainers to use in the river if you’re planning on getting wet as it is rocky & uneven
Clothes – hope for the best but prepare for the worst with a waterproof jacket, fleece/warm jumpers, plenty of layers, spare socks etc. & bring clothes you can move freely in for yoga
Towel & swimming costume if you’re planning on bathing in the river or enjoying a warm shower!
Headtorch / light for your tent
Hat & scarf
Sun hat, sunscreen & sun glasses – we live in hope!
Phone/camera/battery pack – useful to keep your phone charged so you can take lots of photos/videos, although there is a plug if you need a battery boost
If you play an instrument please bring it for the camp fire sing-song!
Chair (there are benches & logs to sit on too)
Carrier/rubbish bags – great for wet clothes & refuse…please take everything with you & leave no trace!
Check out our past retreats:
SOLD OUT- this weekend will be so good that we’re doing it twice – join us 12-14th August 2022 – Yoga, Nature & Music Retreat (w/ Frank Perry) for a warm welcome, friendly & accessible Yoga, the woodland carpeted in wildflowers & some very special musical performances round the campfire!
Join us for 3 nights to enjoy enjoy the perfect balance of energetic (Yang) & relaxing (Yin) classes & activities – we’ve got Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Nidra, Mindfulness, Feldenkrais, Qigong, Dance & Ukuleles…the full spectrum of wellbeing! Tickets selling fast (Yurts sold out) – click here for full details.
Yogic movement, dance, meditations & relaxation combine for an explorative homecoming & remembrance of deep feminine essence & wisdom. Expect nourishing, reflective & exhilarating self-devotional time that will bring richness & unity. N.B. the classes with Niamh are women only, Robin (YinYan founder) & Damian (Qigong teacher) are men who will be there as part of the retreat team.
12-14th August 2022 – Yoga, Nature & Music Retreat (w/ Frank Perry)
We’ll be diving into our yoga practice – how to improve balance physically, in our Asana, and how to strike the right balance mentally, between striving & being content – and we’ll be diving into the river too! Strengthen your connection to nature & feel the joy of music with some very special musical performances & ukulele lessons! Full details & reservations click here.
26-29th August 2022 – Yoga, Mindfulness & Nature Retreat (w/ Sión jones & Elina Kivikoski) *
Spend your bank holiday feeling fantastic as you completely relax & reconnect with yourself & the world around you – we’ve got energetic Hatha & Vinyasya Yoga, along with plenty of gentle Yin, Nidra, Mindfulness and Kirtan to get you fully recharged & rebalanced! More info & bookings click here.